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2016

EU lays antitrust charges against Google over locking in Android apps and features

Wednesday April 20, 2016

As anticipated, the European Commission on Wednesday pressed a new set of antitrust charges against Google, saying the company is hindering competition by locking in certain Android apps, or even versions of Android, despite it being an open-source operating system.

As a standalone company, Apple's services business could be worth as much as $260B, Piper Jaffray says

Wednesday April 20, 2016

Investment firm Piper Jaffray continues to believe that Apple's services business is vastly undervalued by Wall Street, as the company reiterated this week that services should be a larger focus for investors.

Apple-backed coalition opposes Burr-Feinstein encryption bill in open letter

Wednesday April 20, 2016

A group of four tech industry associations -- representing businesses like Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google -- have published an open letter opposing a draft bill by U.S. Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, which would make it possible for courts to order help bypassing encryption.

Top BMW electric vehicle engineers defect to Chinese rival backed by Tencent

Wednesday April 20, 2016

An upstart electric car company backed by Chinese internet giant Tencent has reportedly snared at least four high-ranking executives from BMW i, the German marque's impressive but struggling electric mobility unit.

Dearth of new data from San Bernardino iPhone helpful to FBI investigation, sources say

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Law enforcement sources on Tuesday said that while an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings has yielded no actionable intel, the dearth of new information has actually helped the FBI investigation into the terror attack.

Apple activates web previews for select Apple TV apps

Tuesday April 19, 2016

As part of ongoing efforts to build out its new tvOS App Store, Apple on Tuesday activated iTunes web previews for fourth-generation Apple TV apps, allowing potential buyers to browse current offerings without turning on their television.

Piper Jaffray: Apple saw massive 60% gross margin on services in 2015, to grow in 2017

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Pulling data from Apple's December 2015 earnings report, investment bank Piper Jaffray estimates gross margins on the company's rarely discussed services business could be above 60 percent. And that figure is expected to grow.

Last Call: Apple's 13" MacBook Air for $799, 11" MacBook Air for $749 with no tax outside NY

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Until Thursday April 21st at 7pm ET, AI readers can grab the lowest price ever offered on remaining inventory of Apple's 13" MacBook Air (1.6GHz, 4GB, 128GB) at $799, with free expedited shipping and no sales tax outside NY. Or pick up the new baseline model with 8GB of RAM for $969.

Apple Pay support expands to over 50 more US banks and credit unions [u]

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Following a market expansion into Singapore, Apple on Tuesday announced Apple Pay integration with 59 new U.S. card issuing banks and credit unions, bringing the total number of supported domestic financial institutions to 1,199. [Updated]

Apple to adopt AMD's new Polaris graphics chips in upcoming Macs - report

Tuesday April 19, 2016

AMD's latest graphics chips, the Polaris 10 and 11, will make their way into Apple desktops and laptops shipping later this year, a report said on Tuesday.

Apple denied Chinese government requests for source code twice in last 2 years

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Chinese authorities have asked Apple to turn over source code twice in the past two years, but the company refused in both cases, Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell told a hearing of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Tuesday.

June-quarter iPhone shipments likely to disappoint on Wall Street, analysts say

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple's iPhone sales are likely to remain soft through the June quarter, on top of a decline already expected for the March quarter, analysts with Rosenblatt Securities and UBS indicated on Tuesday.

New 12" MacBook boasts 80-90% faster SSD write speeds, 20% CPU improvement

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Initial tests with the new 12-inch MacBook are beginning to surface, showing that while the Intel Skylake processor is a modest improvement over its predecessor, the revamped solid state drive offers more significant speed boosts.

Apple patents ultra-compact folding telephoto lens for mobile devices

Tuesday April 19, 2016

The days of being forced to deal with a bulbous camera bump to enjoy optical zoom in a smartphone may soon be over, as Apple has invented a new variety of compact telephoto lens system.

Siri patent infringement settlement to cost Apple $24.9M

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple will pay out $24.9 million to settle a long-running lawsuit alledging that its Siri voice assistant violated a patent licensed by Dynamic Advances, according to an announcement by the latter firm on Tuesday.

Apple's new 12" MacBook gets day-one software update for Bluetooth compatibility

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Just moments after the new 12-inch MacBook with Retina display was announced, Apple issued a software update for the refreshed notebook, addressing compatbility with third-party Bluetooth devices.

Apple picks up Tesla's former VP of Vehicle Engineering for 'special projects'

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple has reportedly recruited Tesla's former VP of Vehicle Engineering, Chris Porritt, to work on "special projects" at the company -- possibly to replace Steve Zadesky, the one-time head of Apple's electric car project, codenamed Titan.

Apple chip supplier TSMC says 7nm tech entering mass production in first half of 2018

Tuesday April 19, 2016

One of Apple's primary chip manufacturers, TSMC, confirmed in a Tuesday report to shareholders that it plans to trial 7-nanometer production in the first half of next year, working towards mass production in the first half of 2018.

Apple's 13" MacBook Air gets 8GB RAM as standard

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple's original thin-and-light laptop wasn't left out of Tuesday's update fray, as all configurations of Apple's 13-inch MacBook Air now ship with 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Apple launches new 12" MacBooks with Intel Skylake CPUs, rose gold color & longer battery life

Tuesday April 19, 2016

Apple on Tuesday refreshed its 12-inch MacBook with Retina display, giving the thin-and-light notebook Intel's latest-generation Skylake chips, as well as improved graphics, faster flash storage, and an extra hour of battery life.